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MH17 Report Says 'High-Energy Objects' Broke Up Plane in Air

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A part of the fuselage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is pictured in a field near the village of Grabove, in the Donetsk region, on July 23, 2014. (Bulent Kilicbulet Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 01:23 PM

Malaysian Flight MH17 that crashed over Ukraine July 17 was damaged "by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," concluded an investigation report by a Dutch aviation safety board released on Tuesday.

The investigation report, provided by CNN, said damage to the aircraft could not have been caused by any structural failure, ruling out other causes for the crash other than the plane being shot down. Ukraine and United States officials have charged that pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine shot down the airliner.

"The pattern of damage observed in the forward fuselage and cockpit section of the aircraft was not consistent with the damage that would be expected from any known failure mode of the aircraft, its engines or systems," the report stated. "The fact that there were many pieces of aircraft structure distributed over a large area, indicated that the aircraft broke up in the air.

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"The damage observed in the forward section of the aircraft appears to indicate that the aircraft was penetrated by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft. It is likely that this damage resulted in a loss of structural integrity of the aircraft, leading to an in-flight break up," the report continued.

The Wall Street Journal reported that investigator relied on analysis of the airplane's data and cockpit recorders, photographs of the wreckage and other sources because it had limited access to the actual crash site.

The report did not come to any conclusions on what kind of weapon brought down the airliner and who fired the shot, noted the Journal.

"Separate from the air-accident investigation, Dutch officials have opened a criminal investigation into the presumed shoot down, which killed all 298 passengers and crew aboard, including 193 Dutch citizens," reported the Journal.

"Dutch prosecutors are gathering evidence and hope to file criminal charges in Dutch courts. Heavy fighting in the area of the crash site and sometimes uncooperative rebels holding the territory kept investigators mostly away from the debris and other forensic evidence crucial for such a probe," the Journal reported.

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Malaysian Flight MH17 that crashed over Ukraine July 17 was damaged "by a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," concluded an investigation report by a Dutch aviation safety board released on Tuesday.
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